The second annual Chad Walker Memorial Fishing Tournament has been scheduled for Limestone Lake
Groesbeck, Texas (KWTX) – The wife of fallen state trooper Chad Walker has announced the date for the second annual fishing tournament in Walker’s honor, which raises money for local graduating seniors who are pursuing careers in law enforcement or related fields.
Toby Walker says this year’s Chad Walker Memorial Fishing Tournament will be held on Limestone Lake, her late husband’s favorite fishing spot, on April 27.
“We’re very excited to do it again,” Toby told KWTX.
Trooper Chad Walker was shot and killed in the line of duty in Mexia in March 2021. He was trying to help a man he believed was stranded when the man shot him through his windshield.
Since his death, his friends and family, including Toby and their children, Ethan, 18, Riley, 10, Charlie, 10, and Tulsa, 3, have been working to keep his memory alive. With fishing being a favorite pastime in Chad and investing in youth a priority for soldiers, a fundraiser at the lake for the children seemed like a perfect fit.
“He loved young people and seeing kids succeed. Just knowing that all kids need that extra push. I know the financial burden is heavy,” Toby said.
Last year, proceeds from the tournaments allowed the Walker family to award $28,000 in scholarships to eight different graduates of Groesbeck High School, where Trooper Walker graduated in 2000.
Toby’s family joined her at the event to award scholarships after her successful first fishing tournament and she said that moment was something she will never forget.
“It gives me a sense of belonging because I feel so empty,” Toby said. “Just knowing that I’m able to help someone who might not have gotten a lot of help achieve their dreams, it gives me this feeling of hope and joy.”
Toby said the scholarships would not have been possible without the support of so many.
Last year, 64 fishermen and women participated in the event, while many other companies and individuals sponsored it.
Registration for this event is now open.
Entry fee is $100 per team or $50 per person.
Sponsorships start at $250 and go up to $1,000.
“We are excited to start it up again this year and are looking forward to having the community support and I know it will be as big as it was last year,” Toby said.
To register or donate, go to Walker Strong — Quarry Kingdom Development (whatisqkd.com).
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